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  1. This. I've been saying for years that an Ale House or something similar to "anchor" the north part of the CBD would do amazing.
  2. Latin Square is the most underrated place to eat DT. I wonder if they're open. I should bike up there for lunch tomorrow to support em.
  3. Meh ground floor retail on the far corner as opposed to the corner closest to the CBD. Still angry about this one.
  4. I'm in the middle. Yeah, I hate that stuff like Luckys and Publix are built away from the street. But I like that we're increasing density and giving me more things to walk to, even if its faux-pedestrian friendly.
  5. Don't get me wrong. I'm pro-tree. I agree we don't want to become a concrete wasteland. And I'm also very much oaks are what make Orlando what it is. AKA not a coastal city. But not right there. Not 3 blocks from Main and Main. Yes, ideal world it would be built around. We don't live in an ideal world. Having a building on that corner rather than an awful overgrown fenced in lot like its been LITERALLY as long as I've lived here? Complimenting the courthouse and BoA and new construction on the 3rd corner? Transformative. The goal for the past decade and next 5 years until Sentinel project becomes serious has been about extending the CBD north. Walkability largely ended at Washington. It's been pushed to Jefferson. The next block is a bit of a wasteland due to the cathedral (which is special in its own right), but hopefully the prefab mess with have some sort of desirable retail in addition to the storefronts on the cross-street to push it to Robinson. Activating this corner successfully pushes it to Livingston and Amelia. This parcel is so important for connectivity. It can't be understated because of the courthouse impeding the next block north and the cathedral to the south. This NEEDS to be something important or else we are having 3 dead blocks on the east side of Orange EVEN if Sentinel comes online in the next decade.
  6. I like the way the garage creates almost a walled off courtyard. If the retail there is good, you could absolutely see it being a new happy hour spot for the courthouse and Eola Centre
  7. Fun Fact. I grew up in Youngstown, OH which is where the Cavalier, Cobolt, and Cruze were built. (Technically Lordstown, but basically a suburb of Ytown). I don't think I caught that episode of Glee. I quit watching around the time they shot people out of cannons. It just became too much of a suspension of disbelief for me.
  8. A chain is a chain. There's like 20 Foxtails now. It's not a destination. That location has potential to be something unique to SoDo / Wadeview and make it so people want to come to our neighborhood. Similar to the fact that people will go out of their way to go to Ivanhoe/Virginia for GBs or Ten10.
  9. Do they sell booze? Food? If not, meh. I'll probably just keep going to Starbucks because I can order in the app.
  10. Wow... I stayed out of this thread for too long. Technically, hot sauce in my bag first became a "meme" with former NBA player Delonte West who filmed a freestyle rap at a KFC drive thru back in 2009. This was then followed up in 2016 with Beyonce saying the line in Formation. Lyrics, and especially rap lyrics are denoted with "/" at the end of a line as a transition into another line. A common technique in rap is to have the last / first word have a multiple meaning, or in this case a finishing note that redefines the previous sentence with a metaphor. The Drake verse from Forever back in 2009 had a bunch of these: https://genius.com/Drake-kanye-west-lil-wayne-and-eminem-forever-lyrics Swimmin' in the money, come and find me, Nemo If I was at the club, you know I balled, chemo "Ballin" at a club generally refers to spending a lot of money and being a big deal at a club. However, when spoken aloud, it is a homophone for the word bald, which is a side effect of chemotherapy. In the Beyonce case, the previous line is "Earned all this money but never take the country out of me". It is not uncommon for people to take hot sauce with them to establishments that either do not have it, or only have a brand they do not like (I for one despise tabasco and argue that its a flavor and not a hot sauce, so I have been known to keep packets of Franks or Cholula or Crystal with me if I know we're going to a place that does not have it). However this is often seen as more of a "poor" trait. Adding swag at the end flips it around referencing swag bags which are generally only given out in industries that are attended by upper middle class.
  11. Still sad this is going to have 0 impact on the corner because there's not going to be any storefronts there
  12. AndyPok1

    Mills/50

    When I lived downtown, I wanted to get a Y membership, but they closed so early that it wasn't worth it for me. Combine that with the main reason I wanted to go to the Y rather than elsewhere was they had basketball, so I could get back into pick-up games (there's a ridiculous dearth of pick up basketball in this town), but most of the times I would be able to go, the courts were scheduled for programs.
  13. No idea what you're talking about. I've taken Birds and Limes all over the place, and I constantly see people riding them down the street as I stare out my window. Until someone tells me a better answer, as far as I'm concerned they ARE the perfect last mile solution. We are actively in a pandemic, so I mean, arguably its good people aren't scooting around.
  14. I've been actively looking at houses on the other side of Orange north of SoDo, since well... its in essence the exact same as Wadeview. But hasn't been any deals worth it. Oddly enough a home I was looking at back in 2016 before I bought mine got taken off the market abruptly. Saw it a few months later... on Zombie House Flipping
  15. Okay, but if "through" riders and "connectors" are the impetus... Put a protected bike lane on Illinois to connect Cady Way to OUT. Would be much more usable.
  16. I know I can often seem anti my own interests here... and I'm all for adding all of the protected bike lanes... but on Pine? Pine is one of the streets I've never had a concern about riding on. Especially on that side of Rosalind. Edit to clarify: My mindset tends to be that we need to make sure we are advancing our own urban interests and picking our battles carefully so as to not outrage the general populous. The Curry Ford effort was clearly a failure there. I have a similar concern here. The benefit of a protected bike lane for like 4 blocks on Pine is close to 0, but it has the chance of creating a lot of (untrue) outrage which then would hinder the possibility of getting a more important protected lane on Orange or Rosalind.
  17. I have 0 idea what this article is trying to point out. Moreover, what part of Ultimate is "unnecessary"? Rebuilding all the exit ramps and adding 4 lanes while maintaining 6 lanes of traffic? Not easy.
  18. I don't think we need to rehash this again. You're right. Cars are not more important. But they are also not second class citizens, despite what we want it to be. I walk around downtown all the time and have 0 issues crossing any of these streets.
  19. Am I missing something? It's the same width as 55W? Most major buildings take up an entire block when possible?
  20. AndyPok1

    Orlando Transit

    Bird is one of the "original" scooter companies, and as a brand loyal person, I tend to try to use them whenever possible. Lime is their biggest competitor in the grand scheme. I'm not sure why you think someone will get pushed out (beyond standard capitalism, and with each company limited to 200, there's not actually free market forces happening). Most cities have 3-5 companies. You just have all the apps on your phone. The 10 mph is definitely an issue. I think it needs bumped to 12 and that would be a reasonable compromise as opposed to the 15 in other cities that have tons of bike lanes and side streets.
  21. Wait wait... Aloft was the old OUC building. So FDOT eminent domain'ed it. OUC got paid and given the current plot. OUC built new building. Old Building ended up not needed. Eminent Domain retracted and replaced with Aloft hotel.
  22. Fact. I've bought the same Schwinn Ranger from Target 5 or 6 times in the past 15 years (mainly because it got stolen a decent amount in college). Especially once I added bar ends and a good seat? It gets the job done quite well. I was gonna check out Orange and Kyle's, but haven't had the chance yet because they're closed on Sundays. I went in David's the one time and didn't enjoy the experience.
  23. Yeah, I def love trees, but they can be a hindrance. Gotta find the right balance.
  24. Figure as good as a place to ask as any... Thinking about finally investing in a real bike. Thoughts on where I should buy from and types/styles for combination commuting around town (aka pure road bike seems bad because of all the brick/curbs), but beyond the occasional going into the grass to avoid people, I'm not really offroading, so the schwinn mountain bike I have is probably being more harmful than good
  25. As someone who goes to the airport via Semoran, I'm very ehhhh about this. Yes, it is getting to be needed. But it isn't that bad yet except for the worst days. Not looking forward to the 2 years of having to probably leave earlier being that I'm the most last minute person when it comes to travel.
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